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Survey finds strong disagreement with court health-care decision

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A majority of business leaders polled in a survey disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision on federal health care reform.

In addition, two thirds of respondents in the survey sponsored by Virginia FREE believe the Affordable Care Act will have a negative effect on Virginia’s economy.

Virginia FREE is an acronym of the Virginia Foundation for Research and Economic Education, a group that promotes business-friendly government policies.

Its Virginia Insiders poll of 122 state business leaders was conducted by Richmond-based Southeastern Institute of Research earlier this month.

The respondents included Democrats, Republicans and independents.

In response to the question: Do you agree with the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act? Fifty-nine percent said no, while 32 percent said yes and 9 percent were undecided.

On a 1 to 5 scale on the law’s effect on the Virginia economy, with 1 meaning very negative and 5 being very positive, 30 percent of respondents chose 1 and another 36 percent chose 2. Only 4 percent chose 5.

Asked what political leaders should do next regarding the law, 46 percent said “support new legislation that would repeal the entire act.”

Another 28 percent said “Nothing, wait and see how the act plays out.”

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 8.1 percentage points.


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